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Expressions of Worship

Singing:

Why do we sing?

Ps 7:17 I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. (NAS)

Ps 21:13 Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength; we will sing and praise your power. (NAU)

Heb 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. (KJV)

Why do we stand to sing?

2 Chr 20:19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high. (KJV)

Rev 7:9-10 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and {all} tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches {were} in their hands;

10 and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." (NAS)

Why do we sing in tongues and in English?

1 Cor 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. (KJV)

1 Cor 14:14-15 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.

15 What is {the outcome} then? I shall pray with the spirit and I shall pray with the mind also; I shall sing with the spirit and I shall sing with the mind also.  (NAS)

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Clapping

Why do we clap our hands?

Ps 47:1 Come, everyone, and clap your hands for joy! Shout to God with joyful praise! (NLT)

Dancing:

Why do we dance before the Lord?

Ps 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. (KJV)

Jer 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. (KJV)

Shouting:

Why do we shout?

Ps 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. (KJV)

Jer 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. (KJV)

Ps 32:11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones, and shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart. (NAS)

Isa 12:6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee. (KJV)

Ps 63:4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. (KJV)

Ps 63:4 So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in your name. (NAU)

Ps 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. (KJV)

1 Tim 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. (KJV)

Ps 63:3 Because your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise you. (NAU)

Ps 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. (KJV)

Praise

Why do we have Audible Praise unto God?

Ps 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. (KJV)

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (KJV)

 

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Does God have people march and lead them into victory?

Have I ever seen this happen in churches in Central New York before? Yes.

In a Sunday morning service at the Name of Jesus Christian Ministries in Syracuse, NY Dr. Chet Sapino the pastor and the congregation were inspired by the Holy Spirit to do a victor march throughout the sanctuary and since the Holy Spirit told them to do it they did. My wife’s mentor Madline Verraro said to me “join in and crush the devils bones”. I am sorry to say I was too young at that time in the things of the Lord and wasn’t obedient.

Is there any example in the word of God?

Joshua 6:1  Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in.

2  And the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king {and} the valiant warriors.

3   "And you shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days.

4   "Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.

5   "And it shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead." (NAS)

Josh 6:20   So the people shouted, and {priests} blew the trumpets; and it came about, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, that the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead, and they took the city. (NAS)

Have I seen other things? Yes.  I was at a service in Syracuse, NY Abundant Life Christian Center and a man ran around the sanctuary about four or five times.  Was it inspired by the Holy Spirit, I don’t know.  At another service in the same place I was not in attendance a man from Cortland, NY was inspired by the Holy Spirit to do the same thing and he did.  I knew this man personally and he was very humble maybe to the point of even being bashful but the Holy Spirit told him to do it and he was obedient. 

These things have been happening at Victory Christian Center and I just wanted to share what little bit I have seen in the past along with what I have read in the bible.

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In church we sometimes take our shoes off because God has told us we have entered in and it is holy ground.

Is there an example of this in the bible? Yes.

Joshua 5:11  And on the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched {grain}

12        And the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year.

13        Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, "Are you for us or for our adversaries?"

14        And he said, "No, rather I indeed come now {as} captain of the host of the LORD." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, "What has my lord to say to his servant?"

15        And the captain of the LORD'S host said to Joshua, "Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so. (NAS)

 

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